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Men's College Basketball: Northland slips past Warriors

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THIEF RIVER FALLS — Ridgewater led most of the way, but slowed by illness and injuries, couldn’t put the game away, losing to Northland Community & Technical College 60-56 on Saturday.

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The Warriors led 29-28 at the half and held the lead into the second half.

“We just let this one slip away,” Ridgewater head coach Bob Knutson said. “They hit a couple of threes that put them in control. We had some chances at the end to tie the game and get back but they were able to make the free throws. We just couldn’t make the shots at the end.”

The Warriors were also hurt playing shorthanded.

“No excuses, but we’ve been sick,” Knutson said. “Beau (Herrig) was sick on Friday and he didn’t have anything on Saturday. … (And) with a few ankle injuries, we were a little tired.”

Ridgewater’s Kiree Robinson collected a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Melvin Kromah was the only other Warrior to score double-digits, with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Herrig, despite being sick, played 21 minutes and had 7 rebounds.

The Warriors fell to 3-5. They next play at the Central Lakes Tournament in Brainerd, with a Friday game against Central Lakes and a Saturday game against Rainy River.

Northland 60, Ridgewater 56

Ridgewater (3-5)              29 27 — 56

Northland           28 32 — 60

RIDGEWATER – 22-55 FG (5-17 3-pt); 7-11 FT; 45 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: DeJuan Curry 7, Melvin Kromah 11, Joe Leuze 2, Brett Rickheim 3, Riley Carpenter 3, Kiree Robinson 26, Eric Smith 4 … 3-point shots: Rickheim 1, Robinson 4 … Rebound leaders: Robinson 12, Beau Herrig 7, Curry 6, Kromah 6 … Assist leaders: Leuze 4 … Steal leaders: none

NORTHLAND – 24-57 FG (8-18 3-pt); 4-11 FT; 27 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Danny Mattson 7, Yonathon Kristos 12, Larry Hunter 20, Caprice Barksdale 7, Tate Mosher 10, Jaylon Gunderson 2, Keynonis Davis 2 … 3-point shots: Mattson 1, Hunter 4, Barksdale 1, Mosher 2 … Rebound leaders: Kristos 11, Hunter 5, Mosher 5 … Assist leaders: Hunter 3 … Steal leaders: Kristos 4

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